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Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: uti

Question:I recently adopted a 1 year old cat from a local shelter.He was diagnosed with crystals?& or a UTI.Hes on a wet food prescription diet (1/3rd of a can 2x daily).I was told he was not peeing at the shelter so I should monitor is water intake.Once home he warmed up began eating and drinking tremendously on his own.also hes peeing vigorously!Issue is hes STARVING.The 1/3wet food is not enough,he cries licking the empty bowl & also chewed through trash and opened a loaf of bread while i was at work.

Answer:Cats that form crystals in their urine usually need to eat the prescription food their entire life, but you can definitely feed him more, just keep an eye on his weight. Every prescription food (that I know of) comes with a dry food that is fine to feed as well, so ask your veterinarian about that too. Canned food has more water, so it's probably ideal right after they are diagnosed with the crystals but if your veterinarian doesn't see any crystals in his urine, you can start mixing in the prescription dry food - that may fill him up a little better.

Date: Feb 18, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: crusty brown stuff

Question:My dogs has recently got over a u t i and now i have noticed brown crusty sticky stuff on her hind inside leg and her girl parts what ids it what can i do

Answer:Hard for me to make diagnosis without visually seeing the discharge. A vet exam and evaluation of the discharge under microscope is needed to see if overgrowth of bacteria or yeast, the latter can happen sometimes with recent antibiotic therapy. I would recommend vet recheck, as well as recheck of urine analysis and/or urine culture to see if any residual infection left. For now, start her on probiotic to help restore the normal digestive tract gut flora with product like Fortiflora from 1800petmeds.

Date: Feb 10, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puked

Question:My puppy have UTI, he is on medication for almost 4 weeks. We gonna have the check up for urine and X ray on Saturday. But he is puked out his food the 2nd day. That's mean he have stons?

Answer:No, vomiting isn't a common sign of bladder stones (unless one of the stones was lodged in his urethra causing him to not be able to urinate at all, but that is very rare.) It is more likely that the antibiotic may be upsetting his stomach. Feeding antibiotics with a meal usually helps with this(make sure it's an antibiotic that can be fed with food - most can). Probiotics can help with this as well - especially as long as he has been on antibiotics. There are many kinds but here is one: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html

Date: Feb 6, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Male Cat and blockages

Question:My male cat got a UTI (or inflammation as my vet called it) about a year ago. They gave him a shot as he is very difficult to give medicine to. He got better and then a few months later started going to the litter box more often, which is what had happened before, but not as bad. I went on line and did some research and found out that he might not be getting enough water, as I was only feeding him dry food. I started giving him 1/2 can of Fancy Feast in the morning and in the evening. It has helped and he hasn't had any more issues. I just found out though that giving a male cat fish wet food could end up causing a blockage. Is this correct? Toby is a very picky eater. He won't eat any type of cat treats or boiled chicken, which I guess is a good thing. He eats Purina One Indoor Advantage (turkey) dry food. He will only eat the Fancy Feast Tuna Feast, Seafood Feast and Salmon/Shrimp Feast. He was originally eating the Salmon only Feast, but started turning his nose up at that. I have tried him on other types of Fancy Feast (same texture) chicken, beef and turkey, and he turns his nose up at them. Do I really need to be concerned about the 1/2 can morning and evening causing him a blockage. I started doing this to help him and now I find out it could hurt him. Thanks for any information you can supply.

Answer: I think it would be a good idea to have a veterinarian assess him and come up with a long term plan since he has had repeated incidences. There are foods that actually help decrease the chances of a blockage (and inflammation)that are healthy to use long term. A drinking fountain will sometimes help kitties drink more as well. You can book a vet house call at http://bit.ly/2k0cWop Dr.Daniel, Veterinarian

Date: Feb 4, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urinary tract infection

Question:My puppy is 12 weeks old and cannot hold her urine we have been in the middle of potty training her and she no longer poops in the house but she continues to pee everywhere and looks like she can't hold it does this resemble a urinary tract infection

Answer:It is really easy to check for a bladder infection. If she has already been to the vet, you can usually just catch some urine and drop it off at the office for them to check. At 12 weeks, she may also just not be quite potty trained yet, but it's always worth checking for a bladder infection. When you catch her urine, do it in something very clean and dry.

Date: Feb 2, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic infections

Question:Our 6yr old pug has had 2 uti's, a stomach ulcer, followed now by a 3rd Uti in the last 9months. She has also lost almost 6lbs(we have been watching her weight as she was 28lbs) and also has elevated liver enzymes. What could be causing this low immunity? Sickness=liver enzymes or vise versa?

Answer:Yes, that's a lot of variable illnesses for one 6 year old. It's hard to relate the UTIs to the stomach ulcer and elevated liver enzymes. Diabetes and weird blood dyscrasias like leukemia and AIHA (Autoimmune hemolytic anemia) can lower their immune system and predispose them to illness. Leptospirosis may be another problem they may want to screen her for - it can often cause liver and kidney problems.

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication dosage

Question:My miniature schnauzer (13 lbs) has a UTI. What dosage should I give her?

Answer:Hi, Would recommend for you to see a vet so that they can make a diagnosis of what kind of infection and choose a medication and dosage to treat the problem. Do you already have the medication? Dr. P. Mottishaw, Veterinarian

Date: Jan 26, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Diet to prevent urinary tract issues

Question:Ely is a neutered male approximately (he's a "rescue" so I don't know exactly) 2 1/2 years old. I've heard a small can of wet food a day will prevent urinary "crystals" as well as other related issues. Is this true? Also, what age or symptom evidence should I be aware that other supplements might be needed? Right now he's an active, normal, happy little guy, but I'm trying to address the future.

Answer:There are many variables involved in what we call FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease): genetic predisposition and diet are the 2 big ones. Canned food helps a little - like human physicians tell people that are predisposed to stones to drink more water - same idea. A cat that has been diagnosed with FLUTD would ideally need to be on a prescription diet that changes the pH of his urine and is really low in the minerals that create the crystals, not just any canned food. Since it sounds like your cat hasn't been diagnosed and you are just trying to prevent it, regular canned food is a fine idea for that. Keep an eye on his teeth as canned food can predispose him to periodontal disease. Signs to look out for with FLUTD: going to the litter box often, sitting and straining to urinate in the litter box, crying when urinating, blood in litter box when you change the litter, grooming "down there" a lot, etc. Hope this helps - Good Luck!

Date: Jan 22, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: PRoin

Question:Our 10-yr old smooth collie developed regular, urinary incontinence a few months ago and has been on Proin ever since. Are there side effects from prolonged use? Should I cut down dosage at all? A d what do you think of more natural products, like Leaks No More? Thank you, Joy

Answer:Hi Joy, Proin seems very safe with minimal side effects. Shortly after it became chewable I had a patient ("Sadie") eat over half a bottle and her owner and I both about had a stroke. Sadie did show clinic signs of toxicity (facial twitching, anxiety, restlessness) and had to be hospitalized and placed on IV fluids for about 24 hours but she did fine and showed no adverse effects after the 24 hours. I also don't see side effects from chronic (long term) Proin usage. Your question about reducing her dosage is a good one - I tell my clients to reduce it as low as you can. All dog's are individuals and have variable severity of incontinence. It is not an antibiotic and the dogs don't build up resistance to it so it's ok to play with it and get it as low as you can. I, personally, don't have very good success with the all natural products for incontinence. Hope this helps!

Date: Jan 21, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urinating in house on multiple items.

Question:I have a 3 year old male white flame point cat. For about a month now he has been acting strange and started Urinating in the bathroom carpet, towels, plastic bags etc. I took him to Vet a couple a weeks ago and his temp was normal. He said he might be having behavior problems since he is still having bowel movements. He said he didn't have a UTI. He is still doing the same thing. Is it possible for him to have a UTI?

Answer:A UTI is possible, but most of time, cats with lower urinary tract inflammations DONT have primary infections. These cases do have an emotional and behavioral component; ie stress that must often be addressed through emotional and/or medical therapy. A full urine analysis and x rays should be done as part of the workup as well. Learn more about this syndrome with the excellent article by Wendy Brooks, DVM on Feline lower urinary tract disease which you can google and learn more about on line

Date: Jan 19, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: lethargic and leaking urine

Question:My female cat is 3 years old and for the past three days she's been laying around. Monday she vomitted. Four days later her appetite is still missing and she's leaked peed herself. I took her to the vet Wednesday and the blood test came back fine. I'm worried it's a UTI. Her brother died this summer of a urinary blockage. She's on urinary so and calm dry food diet. Is there anything I can give her to help? I've tried Pepcid 10 mg tablets and that's been ineffective. Is there anything else I can get over the counter to help her now?

Answer:Fortunately, unlike male cats, female cats rarely tend to block up, so when they do have urinary tract inflammation it is usually NOT life or health threatening. Also studies show that young female cats this age RARELY have true urinary tract infections. Finally, the symptoms you describe do sound potentially more serious than simple urinary tract inflammation, and given the non responsive to the pepcid AC best to take her to local vet for workup

Date: Jan 10, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication

Question:cant get my dog to take her meds ,tried putting it in her food ..power form in drinking water etc. Meds don't seem to work ,,still spotting...

Answer:I would ask your local vet if having meds compounded by local pharmacy in your area or even 1800petmeds offers this service

Date: Jan 6, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:I have a 20 poodle mix who has incontinence issues. His vet put him on 25 mg of Proin once/day, but he still has leakage problems. Sometimes when he gets up in the morning his belly is stained from his urine. Is there anything else I can do/give him to help with this problem. I think it may be a result of being improperly neutered.

Answer:I would first make sure there are no other medical issues by having urine analysis and culture and possibly x rays. If all negative, sometimes other incontinence meds are needed and/or adjusting up dose of proin

Date: Dec 28, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaccuring Uti

Question:I Had My Dog At The Vet A Few Weeks Ago She Had A Uti They Gave Her Two Weeks Of Antibiotics And Now This Week She's Urinating Every Hour Panting And Drinking Lots Of Water. She Has Been Urinating In The House Which She Never Does. I Am Calling The Vet Again Tomorrow. Is There Something I Can Do To Help Prevent These From Coming Back?

Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Recheck Of Urine Analysis And Possibly Urine Culture To Make Sure Right Antibiotic Has Been Prescribed. Also Blood Work May Be Indicated To Possibly Look For Underlying Metabolic Illnesses That Might Cause Recurrent Infections, As Well As X Rays To Rule Out Bladder Stones

Date: Dec 27, 2016
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Medicine For Urinary Infection In Cat

Question:My Cat Is Urinating But He Is Going To The Litter Box Several Times And Coming Out Without Peeing..please Tell What To Do

Answer:As Male Cats Sometimes Can Get Obstructed With Crystals And Mucous, Etc, It Is Best To Take Him To Vet Asap For Proper Evaluation And Treatment


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